Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest, Machame is the second most popular of the Kilimanjaro routes. It is also known as the “Whiskey” route since it is more arduous than the “Coca Cola” (Marangu) route owing to its longer and steeper walks, and lack of sleeping huts. Although Machame is regarded a difficult ...

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Based on 59 customer reviews
Climbing Kilimanjaro with a group of & as a 68 year old Reviewed Tour: Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame route, 8 days
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  • Oliver Underwood
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“Picked Altezza on line without any other source of information. Could not have been happier. Service was very prompt and courteous, prices were much better than US based firms. Safety was the primary concern with comfort a close second. Luxurious seems an odd word given the environment, but not far off. Rentals were first rate quality. Unexpectedly, got a birthday cake at 12000 feet for one of our party. Guides and porters were lovely people.”
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  • CrowdAlex
  • From Belgium
“My father and I have just climbed Kilimanjaro Mount with Altezza and everything was better than Id imaniginated! The organization, instalations of the camping tent and, mainly, the professionalism of the team that helped us from the beggining of the route Rongai up to reach the summit! Especially the guides Elipokei and Erick! Byond the knowledgement of the route, me, as a doctor, could noted that they really knew what they were doing about our health control especially even because my father is 67 years old and reacheted the Gilmanns point with their help.I deeply recommend Altezza!”
Bucket list - check! Amazing people - check! Experience of a lifetime - check! Reviewed Tour: Mt. Kilimanjaro - Umbwe route, 8 days
5 - Excellent
  • Nicols
  • From USA
“I'd definitely recommend Altezza and the Umbwe tour I did.Where do I begin...the team was always super responsive and helpful with all of the silly questions I had prior to my trip. Pick up from the airport was provided - if you can, get your visa before you arrive. You can get it at the airport, however you'll wait for quite a while. I think it took me approx. 1-1.5 hours. The hotel, the staff and the food we stayed at for the first and last night was good. Breakfast and 2 bottles of water per room is included and our hotel also had a pool where you could watch monkey jumping from tree to tree :-) If you're planning to go somewhere after your hike, don't worry, you can leave extra luggage at the Altezza office.I felt very safe and welcome all trip long. Our guide Victor and his team took very good care of us. We had medical checks twice a day to ensure the altitude wasn't getting at us. Everyone of us took Diamox for altitude sickness, which we got from our guide and I can highly recommend it. Just be aware that if you do, your feet, face and fingers might have a tickling sensation occasionally.The Umbwe route is considered the most difficult. Our group was aged 30-approx. 60 and we all prepared by going to the gym and doing some endurance training. Every one of us made it to the top! :-D Summit day/night is quite exhausting, since you'll be on your feet a lot.The team feeds you really well with breakfast, lunch and dinner and lots of tea and water. We all brought some nuts, protein bars, chocolates, etc. from home as snacks.At the end of our trip we tipped our guide (who then split it with all porters and the other guides). Everyone of us tipped USD 200 or more.I had the experience of a lifetime and can only recommend Altezza and the Umbwe tour to anyone!”

Kilimanjaro Machame Route - Overview

Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest, Machame is the second most popular of the Kilimanjaro routes. It is also known as the “Whiskey” route since it is more arduous than the “Coca Cola” (Marangu) route owing to its longer and steeper walks, and lack of sleeping huts. Although Machame is regarded a difficult route, it paradoxically has a higher success rate than the Marangu Route.

Beginning at the south-west side of the mountain, the route takes around six day to complete; however, seven days is advised for a day should spent for acclimatization for safety reasons and for a higher probability of a successful summit. Climbers will sleep in designated campsites in tents. Trekkers have two options to reach Uhuru Peak. Majority of the trekkers choose the long Barafu Trail that offer the scenic view of the Rebmann Glacier. The other route is on the Western Breach Route, which is more thrilling and traverses through Lava tower and the Arrow Glacier.

The Machame Route is a very popular trail probably because climbers experience spectacular scenic beauty and diversity. The trail starts off by traversing through the lush, green rainforest to the moorlands and then to dry and dusty Shira Plateau. After climbing up to the Uhuru Peak in the Arctic climate zone, the descent is made on the steep Mweka Route, which allows trekkers to experience the dry mountain desert and the lowland forest. So, take this route if you want a more challenging and scenically varied trail to the mountain and don’t mind crowds.

Machame Route - Trek Facts
Trek Difficulty: Moderate To Difficult
Trek Duration: 7 Days
Max Altitude: 5,895 Meters
Accommodation: Camping
Best Season: All Year

Kilimanjaro Machame Route - Itinerary

The below is a sample itinerary. It may vary slightly depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:

  • Day 1: Trek starts and we will go to Machame Camp 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 2: To Shira Camp 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 3: To Barranco Camp via Lava Tower 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 4: To Barafu Camp via Karanga Valley 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 5: To Summit and Mweka Camp 11 – 14 hours
  • Day 6: To Moshi 3 – 4 hours

Trekking facts for the Machame route in a nutshell

  • It is the most popular route -- 45% of climbers
  • Heavy Traffic
  • Moderately expensive (comparatively) as it starts at a remote location
  • Camping
  • It is a very scenic route (and also the reason for its popularity)